A Message from State Member for Mermaid, Ray Stevens - June 2020
Mid-year is upon us and the challenges related to COVID-19 continue to wreak havoc on our local businesses and community. As we approach what would traditionally be a hectic winter school holiday break with many southerners descending to enjoy our fantastic winter sunshine, beaches and fine dining options; ongoing closure of Queensland's borders translates into a huge loss of income for many Gold Coasters.
Constant mixed messaging from the Palaszczuk Labor Government over the closure of our state borders is now putting even more local jobs at risk as Queensland's tourism industry is forced to remain shut during a peak trading period. Local business was gearing up for a restart in July and to now be told 'maybe September' is a little hard to take. The Queensland economy cannot survive on 'air' whilst the Palaszczuk Labor Government makes up its mind!
Should you wish to add your voice to the debate then feel free to sign the LNP petition to tell the Palaszczuk Labor Government to open our borders in July - https://queensland.typeform.com/to/UmLRKn
The Scott Morrison Federal government financial support packages of Jobseeker and Jobkeeper have been life-savers for many workers and businesses. As Queensland State representatives we thank them wholeheartedly for their responsible and totally responsive fiscal approach to a never before seen economic catastrophe as well as the health crisis that seems to have been contained by quick action to a minor outbreak in Australia.
The ongoing crisis of the world economy in freefall is the next challenge our political leaders face and financial dexterity will be the key to a long hard road to economic recovery. Unfortunately, our current State Government has failed to support private industry and investment as much as it should have and just hiring more public servants with taxpayers money will not be sustainable as the answer to job creation in Queensland.
The private sector must be the genesis for job creation in Queensland and tourism projects such as the cableway to Springbrook, infrastructure projects such as the Bradfield water distribution scheme in North Queensland, the 2nd M1 highway from Brisbane to the Gold Coast are all projects required to get Queensland working again. Unfortunately the Palaszczuk Labor Government will not commit to any of these projects.
The Australian Government remains committed to providing strong support and assistance to business's, please check the link below for the most current information and support. https://business.gov.au/risk-management/emergency-management/coronavirus-information-and-support-for-business
Should you have any State issues you would like to discuss please feel free to contact my office on: Tel: 5600 0100 / Email: Mermaid.Beach@parliament.qld.gov.au
You can also find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RayStevensMP.
State Member for Mermaid Beach